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22 November 2021

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Series Results


Without a doubt, Ocean SOLers have been treated to a veritable feast of long distance races and series in 2021. With the ESRW, which took us around the globe whilst 'loosely' hugging the equator in six long legs, wrapped up only a month ago, it is now time to pay our attention to the final results of the PAC6, another six-legged series, this time criss-cross the Pacific, of even longer legs, the PAC6. And in December, of course, our habitual 12-race Ocean Championships (OCCH) concludes with the annual Christmas to Christmas at Christmas race. Don’t be surprised to see some of the PAC6 podium return to the podium again for that one, as five of the six PAC6'rs are counting towards the 2021 OCCH.

So, as we did for the ESRW, let's review what we perhaps learned on our voyages, such as… maybe…
a race from New Zealand to Peru is challenging across some very variable weather patterns
a race from Peru to Hawaii, like a race from Panama to Hawaii is mostly downwind, and takes a tediously long time
a race from Hawaii to Japan is also mostly downwind, but doesn't take as long
a race from (northern) Japan to Alaska requires you to negotiate a passage in and out the Bering Sea, which can prove to be topologically quite interesting
a race from Alaska back to Hawaii is as tricky as a race from Wellington to Lima, with the Horse Latitudes providing the unpredictably moving barrier to cross
a race from Hawaii to New Zealand is even more tricky than New Zealand Peru or Alaska Hawaii, crossing the Pacific Doldrums as it does, and then having to deal with the weather system generated by the heat emitter that is New Zealand's North Island.

But what we also learned, if we did not know this already, is that if aner59 doesn't win an ocean series, there's a good chance that he makes the podium, but also and more importantly, that the Italian Online Sailing Academy continues to provide us with a continuous stream of talent, with this time Sax747 showing us how you conquer the Pacific.
Veramente Stupendo, Sax!

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